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Prepare to binge 16 hours of Nicolas Winding Refn's Amazon series

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It’s been a minute since we’ve seen anything new from Nicolas Winding Refn, and to thank us for waiting so patiently, he’s about to give us over 900 minutes of new material. Yes, 900 minutes of blood-oozing, neon-lit violence directed by the Danish filmmaker and scored by Cliff Martinez. Is it Christmas?


When he hasn’t been busy curating his streaming service of exploitation films, The Neon Demon filmmaker has been working on his upcoming Amazon crime series, Too Old To Die Young. Details have been minimal, but Refn’s frequent collaborator Martinez revealed some new information that will be amazing news for every Refn fan, and bad news for anyone who prefers short-and-sweet episodic TV. In an interview with ScreenDaily (h/t Indiewire), the Drive composer said Too Old To Die Young, which he’s scoring, will be comprised of 10 episodes that are around 90 minutes long each. He referred to the series as a “16-hour movie,” meaning we may be getting some extra, extra long episodes tucked in there.

The series, which Refn co-wrote with comics veteran Ed Brubaker, follows Teller as a grieving cop investigating Los Angeles’ criminal underbelly, which includes cartel assassins, Yakuza soldiers, and the Russian mafia. (Yup, sounds like the Refn series we’d expect.) Jena Malone reunites with her Neon Demon director to co-star alongside Billy Baldwin, John Hawkes, Callie Hernandez, Nell Tiger Free, Babs Olusanmokun, Cristina Rodlo, and August Aguilera. Too Old To Die Young is set to premiere on Amazon later this year. Are you ready for 16 hours of gnarly violence and electric visuals (shot by cinematographer Darius Khondji!) all set to a synth-heavy score? The only acceptable answer is “hell yes.”

Oliver Whitney is a film critic and culture writer living in Brooklyn.

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